MEET THE MAMA // Caroline Armstrong // Healthy You Hypnotherapy

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Who are you?

I am Caroline and I have been living in Sheffield for the last 17 years. I live with my husband and my young daughter who is an amazing little girl. I have a pretty dry sense of humour and love Alan Partridge!

Where are you from?

I am a Yorkshire girl and was brought up just outside Leeds. I moved to Sheffield in 1999 to go to university and have been here ever since!

What do we need to know about you?

I am a trained social worker and have additional therapeutic qualifications in counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic work and hypnotherapy. I have provided successful therapy to a wide range of people over the last 12 years, including spending over 6 years working with the mental health charity Mind, before deciding to focus on hypnotherapy full time. Over time I have developed a specific interest in women’s health and wellbeing and have tailored my work to this. I believe working on your mindset is fundamental in creating positive changes in your health and have seen how hypnotherapy makes significant changes to people’s quality of life.

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Where can we find your business/product?

You can find me on Facebook – Healthy You Hypnotherapy Instagram – Healthyyouhypno twitter – @hypno_healthy Website – www.healthyyouhypnotherapy.co.uk

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

I absolutely love being by the sea with my family. We recently had a amazing autumn break in Wales which involved sandcastles, paddling, running on the sand, listening to the waves and having the wind in our hair. Awesome!

Top Mama tip…

Try not to compare yourself to other people. Motherhood can be challenging and we shouldn’t feel we have to match up to a certain ‘ideal’.

Your mama confession…

I generally don’t buy ‘naughty’ food but I have been known to pinch some of my daughters giant chocolate buttons! They taste so much better than the normal size ones!

Caroline will be coming in to talk at Mama Social on Friday 12th May 10am at The Showroom

Snacking in Preschool Children – Volunteer for a University of Sheffield Research Project.

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The University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) are currently looking for parents or caregivers of children ages 2 to 3 years to take party in a study to find out more about eating habits in young children.

The study will be conducted over a three-week period in your home. Each week the researchers will ask you to complete a four day weighed food diary.

During the first week of the study they will ask you to make no alterations to the way you feed your child.

In the second and third week they will provide you with a selection of snacks to give to your child at their usual snack time.

By taking part in this research you will contribute to their understanding of eating behaviour and dietary intake in preschool children.

You will be provided with all snacks for your child for two weeks and offered a £25 high street voucher for taking part. They will also provide you with the nutritional analysis and breakdown of what your child has eaten from the weighed food diaries.

This project has been ethically approved by the School of Health and Related Research ethics review panel (007850).

If you are interested in taking part or want to know more about the study, then please get in touch with Colette Kearney at c.kearney@sheffield.ac.uk or call 07712410932.

MEET THE MAMA // Laura Wood // Photographer

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Who are you?

My name is Laura and I own Laura Wood Photography. I have an almost 2 year old named Arthur and he’s the reason I finally, at the age of 30, decided what I was going to do with my life. I started taking photographs of him when he was born and quickly realised how much I loved photography and decided to learn more. The love of being able to capture moments with my son, teamed with knowing that I absolutely didn’t want to go back to a hectic career in retail, meant that I started my own photography business last year.

Where are you from?

I’m from Wath upon Dearne in Rotherham and, aside from a couple of years in London, this has always been home. There seems to be something about Yorkshire that always brings people back!

What do we need to know about you?

I worked in fashion for a large chunk of time and had some pretty big jobs for a while – I loved it but not enough to be away from Arthur quite so much. I still love fashion and have more dresses than Diana Ross… alas, only 50% of them fit these days!

As a photographer I am drawn to atmospheric and moody images, and the old places and things which evoke a sense of nostalgia. I certainly wouldn’t describe my approach to photography as ‘light and airy’…I tried it for a while but it’s difficult to do minimal when you’re a clutter-bug and hoarder.

Where can we find your business/product?

Instagram: @ourkiddo and @laurawood_photography

Facebook: Laura Wood Photography

Web: www.laurawoodphotography.com

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

We love to travel and to be out and about as much as we can. I have always loved being outdoors but never fully appreciated it until I saw the way my son responded to nature. We also tend to gravitate towards any place at which Arthur can play whilst his Dad and I sit and have a drink together.

Top mama tip…

When Arthur was smaller and the day wasn’t going as planned I would take him out in the car for a nap along with my hair and make up stuff. I would sit and get ready in the car whilst he slept – it was the only way I could transform from bog brush to human on most days.

Your mama confession…..

Sometimes I hide in the toilet when my boyfriend gets home from work, just so I can have a break.

 

Laura will be at Mama Social on Friday 24th March, 10am at The Showroom

MEET THE MAMA // Sarah Herrett // Baby Sensory

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Who are you?

Hi, I’m Sarah. Mum to 3 awesome little puddings, Charlie who is almost 5 and 1yr old twin girls Lily and Jessica. Together with my fabulous friend Helen we run Baby Sensory in Sheffield. We run classes across the city that ignite imagination and stimulate all of the senses for babies from 0-13 months

Where are you from?

Originally from Wetherby I moved to Sheffield 15ish years ago, met a boy, and stayed!

What do we need to know about you?

In addition to running baby sensory in Sheffield I am a charity fundraiser. I specialise in community, corporate, events and major donor fundraising. I am really lucky I get to do 2 things I love at work. Fundraising is great and I get to work towards something really important and then in my baby sensory classes I share so many amazing experiences with mums, dads and babies! I love rugby league, playing the cello and the way all my children snuggle on my shoulder when they are tired.

Where can we find your business/product?

You can find us online at www.babysensory.co.uk and click on find a class or on facebook www.facebook.com/babysensorysheffield Or you can contact us direct on 07922595414 or email Sheffield@babysensory.co.uk

Your favourite thing to do as a family?

Our favourite thing is going out into the garden and enjoying the outside. We are really lucky and have a long drive my son can ride his bike up and down and we can get tents, paddling pools, playhouses, toys, picnic blankets out and have a picnic too in the back.

Top Mama tip…

Your children are bigger than they were yesterday so hold them close while you can because before you know it they will be all grown up…and buy a sling – total lifesaver!

Your Mama confession…

I have a secret stash of chocolate somewhere my hubby would never ever find it…..no more clues just in case he is reading this! I hate when people say negative things about my twin girls…and have been known to be a bit rude in my responses occasionally (and only when super tired and the question/comment is particularly daft!)

Sarah is coming in to Mama Social on Friday 10th March – 10am at The Showroom

MAMA SOCIAL // CHANGES

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We’ve had a bit of an extended break from Mama Social over Christmas and New Year but now we’re back, refreshed and raring to go!

Mama Social had a fantastic first year, It’s been amazing to meet so many new mums and the guest speakers have been truly inspiring. 2016 has brought some big changes for us personally (we’ve added a couple of babies for a start!) and so we’ve had to re think how we do things.

We’ve slightly changed the format of the group and will now be running on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month during term time.  We’ll also be starting the group at 10am the talk will start around 10:30 which we’re hoping will give us a bit more time to chat and get to know each other.  We’ll still be at the same venue – The backroom at The Showroom Cafe (to the left of the main bar).

Mama Social will also be running evening events more regularly from March and are aiming for one a month. We’ll keep you posted on these events as plans develop and as always check out our social media for up to date goings on.

MUMS’ NIGHT OUT!

Last night was the annual (!) Mama Social Christmas Mums’ Night Out!

It great to see so many of your there enjoying the cocktails, you all looked wonderful! Its heartwarming to see so many friendships forged through our group.

A special thanks to all the fabulous brands that contributed to both the giveaway and the goody bags.

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MEET THE MAMA // Grace Tindall // Scandiborn

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Who are you?

Hi! I’m Grace, I’m mum to Harry, 15 months and married to James. I’m the founder of Scandibørn, an online kids concept store selling Scandinavian inspired nursery and kids interiors, clothing and mama gifts.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from the south, near Milton Keynes…I met my husband James (Sheffield born and bred), moved north and never looked back. I absolutely love living in Sheffield.

What do we need to know about you?

Apart from my obvious love for Harry, James & all things Scandi, i’m a keen runner (although currently out of practice!) and hockey player. I’m definitely a perfectionist and self confessed workaholic which can be a blessing and a curse at times. I started the business with no industry experience or contacts and after 10 years as a Management consultant its been lovely to start using my creative side !

Where can we find your business/product?

You can find us at www.scandiborn.co.uk, @Scandiborn on Instagram & Twitter

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Like all working mums I struggle to find the balance between work and home, Sunday is set aside as a family day for us and we’ll go for a walk in the peaks with our dog and then home or to the pub for Sunday lunch.
Top mama tip…

Be KIND to yourself – you’re are always doing a much better job than you give yourself credit for.

Your mama confession…

When Harry was first born (5 weeks prem) he was having problems keeping his temperature up and after a few days it still wasn’t getting better. Then..the midwife found me feeding him expressed milk straight out the fridge as I didn’t know I needed to warm it…YES, that’s how little I knew about babies! Mama fail!